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1. The local premiere of Craig Brewer's award-winning film Hustle & Flow is held at Peabody Place. Hundreds of Memphians line a long red carpet, hoping to catch a glimpse of celebrities invited to the private screening. Nearby, the Peabody ducks thought, What's the big deal? We do this twice a day

2. While the city slashes budgets in desperate cost-cutting moves, some government officials continue to enjoy lucrative car allowances. Division directors are reimbursed as much as $800 a month for their cars - an amount that will pay for just about any vehicle they'd care to lease, from a Vespa to a Viper. And Memphis Light, Gas and Water officials have an even sweeter deal - more than $1,000 a month. Okay, MLGW, can you please tell us again - with a straight face - why our utility bills are so high?.

3. Speaking of budget cuts, the city finally opens some public swimming pools, but 10 remain dry because we can't pay for lifeguards. It's always something, it seems. Maybe they could put just a little bit of water in those pools - just enough to dip your toes in. It's hot outside!

4. Workers begin to widen Walnut Grove between I-240 and the Wolf River, a project that is scheduled to be finished in December 2008. In other words, the daily traffic jam there will be even worse for the next three and a half years. Better find another route to work, people. n

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